Second Opinion

Second Opinion

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Getting a second opinion for cancer surgery

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is daunting especially when surgery is part of the treatment plan. While you may be comfortable with the doctor you initially saw for this, it is understandable to want to obtain another assessment, or opinion, on what would be the best course for you, as the patient, going forward.

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You may want to consider seeking a second opinion in these circumstances:
  • You have been diagnosed with cancer or a rare condition
  • You want to understand more or have more questions
  • Your present doctor may not be experienced in this type of cancer
  • There are different recommendations on how to treat your cancer
  • You are unsure about the treatment options available
  • You wish to have a different perspective and independent assessment
Benefits of a second opinion

Cancer is a complex disease and its care is multifaceted, with each aspect best cared for by a particular subspeciality e.g., cancer surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist.

Treatment of cancer has evolved significantly in the past decade. In this present age of evidence-based medicine, enabling us to achieve cure rates and outcomes that were not thought to be possible before.

As the understanding of cancer is constantly improving, there will be situations in which there may be more than one way to address and treat the disease. Coupled with emerging evidence from culminated experience, clinical studies and trials, novel treatment may be available.

The more you understand about your condition and the treatment options, the more engaged you will be in the healing journey, and better prepared for the journey ahead.

What if the opinion differs?

If the second opinion differs, this provides an opportunity to understand why there is a difference in opinion and will allow you and your loved ones to have a deeper understanding of your condition and treatment options.

What if the opinion is the same?

If your second opinion is similar to that of your first doctor, you can feel more confident in your diagnosis and treatment plan.

Even if you do decide to get another opinion, you do not have to change doctors. Ultimately, it is your right to choose a specialist that you have confidence and trust in, and in a treatment plan that you agree to. It is important to us, as doctors, that the patient is comfortable and feels involved in their treatment.

About Surgical Associates

Comprising an established multi-disciplinary team of cancer surgeons, trained in high-volume and renowned cancer centres in the UK and US, our clinic practices evidence-based medicine and sets standards and guidelines for cancer treatment.

We believe that cancer is surmountable and its treatment should be comprehensively tailored to the disease and patient. This healing journey is best undertaken with the patient’s participation and engagement, together with our team holding their hands along each step of the way.

liver cancer surgeon - Dr Lee Ser Yee
Dr Lee Ser Yee

Senior Consultant Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgeon

MBBS, MMed (Surgery), MSc, FAMS, FRCSEd

Prior to private practice, Dr Lee Ser Yee was a founding member and Senior Consultant at the Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) and Transplant Surgery at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). He served as the Director of the Laparoscopic programme and the Director of the Surgical Skills Training Program and the SingHealth Surgical Skills Centre.

He started his medical training at the National University of Singapore in 1996 and completed his training in General Surgery, HPB surgery and Liver Transplantation at SGH and National Cancer Centre, Singapore.

He also completed dual USA-fellowships in Advanced Laparoscopic HPB surgery and Liver Transplantation under Professor Daniel Cherqui at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center and a Complex Surgical Oncology clinical fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Colorectal cancer Surgeon - Dr Tan Wah Siew
Dr Tan Wah Siew

Senior Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

MBBS, MMed (Surgery), FAMS, FRCSEd

Dr Tan Wah Siew was senior consultant surgeon at the Department of Colorectal Surgery, Singapore General Hospital (SGH) prior to her move to private practice. She was the first female consultant colorectal surgeon in the history of SGH, and was one of the earliest female surgeons in Singapore to be trained in robotic colorectal surgery.

She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore in 2003 and completed her Advanced Surgical Training in General and Colorectal Surgery at SGH in 2011. In 2013, she completed a one year Ministry of Health sponsored Healthcare Manpower Development Plan Fellowship (HMDP) at St. James University Hospital in Leeds, United Kingdom. While there, she trained in minimally invasive and robotic colorectal surgery for colorectal cancer, surgery for inflammatory bowel disease as well as treatment of locally advanced rectal cancers and recurrent pelvic cancers requiring removal of multiple organs and/or pelvic exenterations.

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